Snipe Shadow Lifted

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Dave MacLeod reports he has completed the Concave Wall project at Glen Ogle.

The line was originally equipped and attempted by Dave Redpath in the late nineties. Redpath stretched the ethical rule book to the limit on the route which received various bad press reviews. Essentially this was nothing new in the Scottish Scene, and finally he relinquished interest in 1999.

Motivated by his involvement in the forthcoming SMC Scottish sport climbing guide Dave Macleod made it his mission in 2003 to complete some of the Glen Ogle projects. In August 2003, he completed the spectacular arete of Bond Buttress to give 'Solitaire'. Another Redpath relinquished project his speculative grade of F8a+ was upped to F8b after a cruitial hold broke at the start of the crux sequence.

Macleod now set his sights at the Concave Wall, but late season rain stopped further attempts that year. Spring 2004 saw Macleod return to Concave Wall and after a couple of further sessions complete the route to give 'Snipe Shadow' F8b. Notably harder than Merchant of Menace which he grabbed the second ascent of in 2003.

Dave Redpath (27-04-2004)

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